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post #331 of 3944
Definitely first world problems. Good luck, man!

You've got some great watches on that short list.

And yeah, I would agree that amongst those, the Aquanaut would indeed be the most "under the radar" (if you can say that about any Patek) happy.gif.
post #332 of 3944
Some excellent comparison pics in this thread, btw:

https://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=279994
post #333 of 3944
I am considering adding a chrono to my modest collection. A vintage Speedmaster is the obvious choice, but I would appreciate suggestions of bargain alternatives. Not cheap, just good value and perhaps off the beaten path / under the radar. Preference to watches that have an outer bezel like the Speedy.

Thanks in advance.
post #334 of 3944
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Some excellent comparison pics in this thread, btw:

https://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=279994


Argh... you are not helping me with that link!  Nautilus vs Aquanaut?!?  

 

Btw, you are correct in this being a first world problem.  I think in the end, my wife would be much happier if I got the Aquanaut and increased our donations to some of the charities we support.  We'll see....

post #336 of 3944
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I am considering adding a chrono to my modest collection. A vintage Speedmaster is the obvious choice, but I would appreciate suggestions of bargain alternatives. Not cheap, just good value and perhaps off the beaten path / under the radar. Preference to watches that have an outer bezel like the Speedy.

Probably not what you're looking for as it doesn't have a bezel, but suggesting it anyway, as it - alongside the Speedy Pro - is my favourite chrono. The discontinued IWC 3706:



The doppel chrono ref. 3713 is neat too.
post #337 of 3944
^ Nice choice, Kap.
post #338 of 3944
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All,

Thanks for the great input.  I've always been inclined towards the Nautilus and had been planning on it.  However the Aquanaut has been growing on me.... and for my active lifestyle, the tropical rubber strap is a big selling point.  While I like bracelets on watches, something about rubber sport straps "click" more with me.  Maybe that was because I had a decent rotation of Swatches in high school and a Timex Ironman for running smile.gif

Anyhow, I have a business deal closing at the end of next month so I am looking to treat myself with a nice "daily driver" watch.  On the list have been a White Dial 116520 Daytona, PP 5167A Aquanaut, PP Blue Dial Nautilus, AP Chronograph, VC Overseas Chronograph.... pretty much some of the classic sport watches.  The tricky thing is that while I like nice watches, I am frequently in business situations where the watch needs to "fly under the radar".  So in a round about way I have found the Aquanaut to check a bunch of those boxes.  

Anyhow, I still have a few more weeks to figure it out.  All in all, a good dilemma to have....
Perhaps some wristshot will help?

White dial daytona


Ap RO chrono


Nautilus 5712g
post #339 of 3944
I've been out of the thread for a while but just catching up on holiday and have enjoyed scrolling through the new posts. Thanks for the great FAQs @mimo

Superb collection @belligero - can I launch an appeal to save the Ex2? I've got mine with me and I'm reminded that it really is the perfect travel watch/beater - useful GMT function, waterproof and a bit under-the-radar - handsome, but not obviously a Rolex from a distance. I've been snorkelling all week with mine. You can throw a lot at it.



Some lovely Speedys earlier - will be first in my rotation when I get back home.
post #340 of 3944
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I am considering adding a chrono to my modest collection. A vintage Speedmaster is the obvious choice, but I would appreciate suggestions of bargain alternatives. Not cheap, just good value and perhaps off the beaten path / under the radar. Preference to watches that have an outer bezel like the Speedy.

Thanks in advance.

There's that JLC dive watch - the Deep Sea Chrono - I've always had the hots for that one.
post #341 of 3944
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I am considering adding a chrono to my modest collection. A vintage Speedmaster is the obvious choice, but I would appreciate suggestions of bargain alternatives. Not cheap, just good value and perhaps off the beaten path / under the radar. Preference to watches that have an outer bezel like the Speedy.

Thanks in advance.

I like Kaplan's suggestion of the discontinued IWC 3706.  It has classic styling and is reasonably priced.

If I would also suggest Zenith's El Primero 1969.  It doesn't have an outer bezel, but it does have a tachymeter on the dial.  This is the 38mm version but there is also a 42 mm version which moves the date to the 6 .  Good luck!

A386.jpg 

 

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 I think in the end, my wife would be much happier if I got the Aquanaut and increased our donations to some of the charities we support.  We'll see....

If your wife doesn't want you spending close to $20K on a watch, maybe you should nix the PP, AP, and VC from the possibilities for now.  You know the old saying,"Happy wife, happy life." Maybe consider some more reasonably priced watches so you don't end up in the doghouse.  You could consider offerings from JLC, IWC, Zenith and still have a very nice watch that flies under the radar, and also have a happy wife.  

post #342 of 3944
^ Cross post to the wife appreciation thread?
post #343 of 3944
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I am considering adding a chrono to my modest collection. A vintage Speedmaster is the obvious choice, but I would appreciate suggestions of bargain alternatives. Not cheap, just good value and perhaps off the beaten path / under the radar. Preference to watches that have an outer bezel like the Speedy.

Thanks in advance.


There's some great ideas above, and I guess it depends largely on your budget.

I've often recommended the Hamilton Khaki chronos as being excellent value for the $$$.

Certainly a lightly used Speedy is almost never a bad choice, and is "obvious" (as you say) for a reason.
post #344 of 3944
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I am considering adding a chrono to my modest collection. A vintage Speedmaster is the obvious choice, but I would appreciate suggestions of bargain alternatives. Not cheap, just good value and perhaps off the beaten path / under the radar. Preference to watches that have an outer bezel like the Speedy.

Thanks in advance.

I suggest you go vintage. Fratello Watches has written extensively about vintage sports chronographs:

http://www.fratellowatches.com/the-top-five-vintage-sports-chronographs/
http://www.fratellowatches.com/vintage-market-update-winter-2016/
http://www.fratellowatches.com/the-vintage-market-is-dead-long-live-the-vintage-market/
http://www.fratellowatches.com/the-vintage-market-summer-2015-the-chronographs/

Instagram user watchfred has the best collection of such chronographs I've seen.

When you go vintage, it's all about the hunt. Have fun and good luck!
post #345 of 3944

For a chrono on a modest budget, you definitely want to go vintage. I personally love Speedmasters and think they're an amazing value. Here's my 65 Ed White and my "tropical" dial Mark III

 

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